2023 – CHW
Thuja koraiensis dead in the Isla Rose. Too hot and dry. The 3 in the Rookery are fine despite the roe deer liking them.
My gardening friend, Peter Shotter, sends me this wonderful picture of a (pale) Lapageria rosea in flower growing up through his Magnolia doltsopa! Quite a sight! He wants to propagate Lapageria rosea ‘Picotee’ and we are doing so.
Calliandra surinamensis was planted out three years ago for want of something to do with it when it was too big to remain in the greenhouse. As its name implies, it is clearly a conservatory plant. Nevertheless here it is in rude health on a sunny but sheltered bank.
The newly planted Lyonia ligustrina appears to have flowered without anyone noticing it. We have one other Lyonia species in Higher Quarry Nursery but it has not flowered since being hit by a tree and cut back (Lyonia ovalifolia – Forrest introduction).
A trip to the greenhouse to see what is new here. I am overwhelmed by the quantities of new things which Asia has propagated and which are looking superb. Production of rarities from seeds and cuttings now at record levels.Holboellia latifolia var. chartacea has three huge pinkish purple seed pods each of which is nearly half the size of a banana. Two are splitting open to reveal rows of seeds in a pithy white covering. I think this performed similarly last year but it may have been another species of Holboellia. Anyway Asia now has plenty of plants coming on, in time, for the Burncoose website.
Smoke from the huge bonfire in Dry Walls drifts down the valley and over the pond. We are clear felling an area to replant.
Completing the annual tree survey in Burncoose Garden.A big limb has cracked off an oak opposite the mist houses. A branch had been pruned out high up years ago and water had seeped into the next branch down. Not too much damage but it frightened the house visitors!
The great joy of gardening is to inspect recent new planting and see how well plants are doing.
2015 – CHW
In the rockery are two more dwarf rhododendrons enjoying a second autumn flowering.
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Fairy’ has quite a good show but Rhododendron russatum has just a couple of flowers.